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post #1 of 16
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Here's a few questions to get you started... feel free to add more info to this!

EDD:
Name:
Age:
Location:
Family:
Baby's Gender (hopes or guesses):
Names you like:Secret!
Birth Plans/Preferences:
Strangest craving/aversion this pregnancy:
Hobbies/Interests:
Occupation:
How you met your SO:
How you ended up at MDC:
post #2 of 16
EDD: 8/26
Name: Andrea
Age: 32
Location: Northern Idaho
Family: Husband-38, Jackson-turned 13 on the 16th, William-7.5, Emma-6.5, Abigail-5 next month and Henry-9.5 months
Baby's Gender (hopes or guesses): I think it's a girl, and I would love either..though my girls have been "easier" as babies and young children.
Names you like: We keep names a secret..and haven't decided yet!
Birth Plans/Preferences: Homebirth with a rebel midwife, attending my VBA2C illegally. shhhh
Strangest craving/aversion this pregnancy: Was more green than my other pregnancies...hated just about everything..I really love chinese food right now, and vinegar based dressings..most every food sounds great but not too big on sweets. Lots of things I normally seem to like or crave in pregnancy sound really terrible..
Hobbies/Interests: I love cooking, baking, gardening
Occupation: Homemaker/homeschooler
How you met your SO: Through friends
How you ended up at MDC: Things I was doing online searches for-mostly natural birth related, vaccines, healthy living, or breastfeeding, etc., would dump me into MDC or articles on Mothering at some point. So, I began to see a pattern of having a lot more in common (though many differences, as well, and I see that as a positive! I love dialogue among intelligent women!) with ladies on MDC than any other "forum" or site.

Thanks LindsayK for the fun thread!
post #3 of 16
What kind of things do you like to cook/bake? What's your specialty? What's the last book you read? Any plans for summer?
post #4 of 16
What's the hardest thing about homeschooling, finding time for all the other necessities of life, and being pregnant with #6. The only reason I ask is: I homeschool, expecting #5, and am seriously considering public school next year. Don't think I will make the jump, but I fantasize about it...in a perfect world.
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What's it like having children with such a range of ages? What are the really cool things about your family composition? Are the kids excited for the baby?
post #6 of 16
What kind of books do you enjoy reading for enjoyment when you get the time? What are some of your favorite books?
What is your favorite dinner recipe that's easy to make?
post #7 of 16
What kind of things do you like to cook/bake? I like taking ordinary food and really making it special..just totally going all out.

What's your specialty? I am a blue ribbon apple pie winner. I'm really proud of that, as I competed against LOTS of very seasoned old ladies, LOL! I'm really picky about quality, and so whatever I make has to be better than "OK". I love making fancy birthday cakes for the kids' special days.

What's the last book you read? I'm working on lots of birth books I've never read. I'm starting with the basic need to reads such as Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.

Any plans for summer? Lots of fun at home, gardening, swimming and yard improvements..BBQ's!
post #8 of 16
What's the hardest thing about homeschooling, finding time for all the other necessities of life, and being pregnant with #6.

I have less patience right now. I'm just less tolerant. Thankfully, we aren't too busy. I don't like lots of outside activities. I have a schedule, as that's the only way I can function. The kids know what's expected of them, and I expect them to do their part.

I totally hear you on the sending them to public school-it can be tempting. I think what keeps me from doing it, is because this is a choice that is lifelong for us, and everything worth doing has some level of difficulty. I try to remind myself that being a parent (particularly today) isn't about myself being comfortable or pampered...and with my beliefs, it's not about me at all. Therefore, it's self-sacrificial and not always easy!

Hang in there! It ALWAYS gets better! You can PM or email me anytime you need support..it can be hard to come by, and it's no fun feeling alone.
post #9 of 16
What's it like having children with such a range of ages? It's interesting, because everyone is at a different level. However, because we homeschool, the oldest is used to being part of the lives of the younger kids. It's neat to see a (just turned this week) 13 year old boy, completely OK with caring for and playing with younger children, and then being ready to go hang out with his own friends.

What are the really cool things about your family composition? We are blessed with so many personalities and unique little spirits..they have so many similarities, but they are also so different.

Are the kids excited for the baby? Yes! The younger kids keep telling people who comment about our 9 month old, or our family, "Yes! There's already another one in mommy's tummy!" I think they are most excited about experiencing the homebirth!
post #10 of 16
What kind of books do you enjoy reading for enjoyment when you get the time? I used to be an avid reader..mostly of novels. Now I really prefer to read history, current events, study the Bible, and child birth!

What are some of your favorite books? I'm really enjoying the Guide to Childbirth by Ina May. Her perspective is laid back and incredibly insightful. I don't have time to read as much as I'd like, but a few I've either read or are on my list are: "A Patriot's History of the US", "American Progressivism", and "New Deal or Raw Deal", and anything childbirth related.

What is your favorite dinner recipe that's easy to make? Oh let me see. I make a good quick and easy Chinese chicken salad, a lime marinated southwest chicken with black bean corn relish, and honey dijon chicken salad. Those are my favorite quick and easy recipes. If anyone wants the actual recipe, let me know and I can post it tomorrow.
post #11 of 16
what are you growing in your garden?
post #12 of 16
what are you growing in your garden?

Nothing right now...risk of frost isn't gone yet. All my flower gardens have something or another coming up, or budding or blossoming though. Roses, tulips, narcissus, hyacinth, and lots of flowering shrubs.

For the garden will be tomato's, onions, squash, zucchini, green beans, lettuces, spinach, carrots, herbs, radishes, pumpkins, kale, broccoli, and berries. I may do corn, as well. That's a crop that seems to take up a lot of space in the garden...but still love it.

Thanks for asking. Have a blessed day!
post #13 of 16
Can I just come live with you and see how you do it?
I am expecting baby #4, we homeschool and sound very similar in lifestyles. I'm the first in our family to have more than 2 kids and the first to homeschool, so I have no point of reference.

We can't wait to get our garden in. We're a little further south than you so are thinking of getting some things in this week if it stays nice.

Do you can what you harvest? What does your husband do? Did you come from a large family too?
post #14 of 16
Can I just come live with you and see how you do it? Every day is a lesson in patience, and a learning experience! I am 100% thrilled at how much God has changed my heart in the past several years, and 100% humbly aware at how much more I need to change!

I am expecting baby #4, we homeschool and sound very similar in lifestyles. I'm the first in our family to have more than 2 kids and the first to homeschool, so I have no point of reference. You and I are very similar. I came from a family with 2 kids, and except for previous generations where birth control wasn't a common thing, no one had/has more than 2 children. We are also the first to homeschool.

We can't wait to get our garden in. We're a little further south than you so are thinking of getting some things in this week if it stays nice. Oh I hope it does stay nice! Get that garden in! Have fun with it!

Do you can what you harvest? I haven't yet gotten into canning, but I really want to! I mostly make recipes and freeze them, or simply eat and give away fresh produce. Like I said though..I really want to can.

What does your husband do? He's a CPA. He's worked really hard, and I'm really proud of him. He went in the Army and then worked his way through college, and sacrificed a lot financially to work at a Bible camp for a few years. Now he has his own practice-which has it's own challenges!

Did you come from a large family too? Nope, just have a brother.
post #15 of 16
Since you mentioned apple pie...what's your favorite dessert? Do you prefer choc over other flavors?

Are you reading any books together or to your kiddos? Which ones?

(Can you tell I like food and books?)
post #16 of 16
Since you mentioned apple pie...what's your favorite dessert? Oh my..I have to pick one? I love so many! Topping the list is good homeade lemon meringue pie, a summer berry cobbler, my killer chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake, homeade Ghiradelli brownies. Oh, many, many others!

Do you prefer choc over other flavors?
Not always. Love chocolate though!

Are you reading any books together or to your kiddos? Which ones? My younger 3 and I are reading "Save the Queen of Sheba", which was one of my favorites growing up, and "The Little House on the Prairie" series. We all do devotions together, as well. Our older son I think kind of "listens" to the books as I read, and pretends he isn't into being read to anymore.
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